Joe Buck takes a lot of heat. There are plenty of people who love to hate the multi-sport broadcaster, and he’s very aware just how much people dislike him. Buck did an interview with Esquire, titled: Joe Buck Understands Why You Hate Him.
How do you deal with criticism on social media?
It’s not easy for my fragile ego…My therapist is always like, “Who cares?” Only one time have I had Twitter open when I was doing a game, and after that I took it off my phone. I said, “This is so counterproductive. I’m actually reacting to people reacting to what I’m saying, and it can’t work that way.”
The only guy I see on the air who legit doesn’t care what anybody thinks of him is [Charles] Barkley. But for the most part, everybody wants to be liked. At some point, you can’t be unrealistic about it. The only people I want to really like me are my family and the people who employ me.
How do you cope with being thought of as a smug jerk?
I try to have fun with it. And whether it’s talking about it on [Howard] Stern or doing the Brockmire stuff, I think you kind of stick the pin in the balloon and let the air out, and if people know you can laugh at yourself, well, I can’t be that big of a dick.
Fans loathe the Fox play-by-play man so much, in fact, that they created a petition to ban Buck and on-air partner Troy Aikman from announcing Green Bay Packers games.
For whatever reason, maybe it’s his punchable face, people will always hate Buck.